“I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you.” – John 14:18
This is a great summation of the truth of God’s presence. I encourage you to memorize this simple but profound verse. Whisper it to yourself often. It’s a reminder that God will never leave you.
In the larger passage, John 14:15-21, we see a clear description of the Holy Trinity: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. The description of the Holy Spirit is deep and rich. The Holy Spirit is described as our “advocate” or in some translations “comforter” or “helper.” It is a difficult word to fully translate but it is a beautiful image of the character of God. The Holy Spirit is literally one who comes along side you to provide help in time of need.
Confess your sin. Embrace the Savior. And the Holy Spirit will dwell in you. This is the promise of the presence of God.
Troubled marriage … you are not alone.
Financial struggle … you are not alone.
Addiction … you are not alone.
Failure … you are not alone.
Health issues … you are not alone.
Fighting to find the will of God … you are not alone.
Before your head hits the pillow tonight, give thanks to God. He has been with you through every sin, failure, and rebellion. He has been with you for every victory, joy, and mountaintop experience. He’s never neglected his presence. Don’t neglect giving him thanks for it.